Chief Operating Officer (COO) Program

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Learning Outcomes

The program will equip you with the critical leadership framework needed to:

  • Assess your organization’s current business strategy and priorities to identify opportunities and threats and plan for organizational growth

  • Manage organizational change to align and execute initiatives that support your organization’s goals

  • Build a supportive organizational culture that fosters high-performing, cross-functional teams

  • Champion business transformation by adopting a data-driven approach to assessing and implementing tools, systems, and processes

  • Lead innovation and future-proof the business by leveraging emerging technologies

Designed for Success

The program has been structured with the needs of busy executives in mind. You will learn through online sessions, including faculty lectures and guest lectures from leading industry practitioners. You also have the flexibility to customize your learning journey for maximum career and business impact.

Define

Define

Manage your schedule with a flexible program that includes online and recorded sessions, peer interaction, and a manageable weekly commitment of just three to five hours.

Interact

Interact

Engage with accomplished peers from across the world, and gain new perspectives while you learn cutting-edge insights from renowned faculty and industry experts.

Align

Align

Advance your career through a holistic curriculum that enables you to choose electives in line with your career goals and apply what you have learned in the program immediately in your organization.

“In an uncertain business environment, organizations are looking for operational leadership to translate their vision into growth-led strategies. MIT xPRO’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Program equips you to think holistically about your organization’s needs and adopt a data-driven approach to business transformation. The focus of the program is to future-proof the organization through technology-enabled strategies that deliver sustained growth and competitive value.”
David Niño
David Niño
Faculty Director Senior Lecturer and Senior Program Manager, Daniel J. Riccio Graduate Program in Engineering Leadership

Key Program Features

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

Kick-start your journey with 19 weeks of in-depth sessions on strategy, business transformation, and leadership.

Expert Faculty

Expert Faculty

Gain insights from world-renowned faculty who are experts in organizational strategy, leadership, and technology.

Executive Reflection

Executive Reflection

Curate your program insights to develop over-arching executive reflections that will serve as a resource for application in your organization.

Flexible Learning Journey

Flexible Learning Journey

Customize the learning journey with a choice of topical electives to gain skills specific to career goals.

Success Coach

Success Coach

Craft your learning journey in line with your career goals with a success coach assigned to your cohort.

Self-Paced Learning

Self-Paced Learning

Access recorded faculty sessions that provide the flexibility to learn at your own pace and convenience.

Networking Event

Networking Event

Connect with high-achieving peers from around the globe at a two-day in-person networking event.

Curriculum

The comprehensive curriculum will equip you to think holistically about your organization’s business needs and develop strategies to drive growth and create value. The expertly developed curriculum is structured around three core pillars focused on strategy, business transformation, and leadership. You will learn through a mix of online sessions, video lectures, guest speaker sessions, and weekly assignments.

Executive Reflection

You will have the opportunity to apply program insights to your organization’s challenges and develop potential solutions. There are three reflections in the program, placed at the end of each phase of the core module journey — and they are essential for program completion. The reflections are designed to help you take all you have learned in the program curriculum, interaction with the success coach, and discussions with peers to strategize for your organization’s unique global challenges.

Faculty Director

David Niño
DAVID NINO

Senior Lecturer and Senior Program Manager, Daniel J. Riccio Graduate Program in Engineering Leadership

David Niño, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, where he heads leadership education for graduate students across the Insti...

Meet the Faculty

The program is designed and delivered by renowned faculty who bring their cutting-edge expertise on key technology accelerators, combined with principles of organizational strategy and leadership. The cross-functional faculty are drawn from MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and AeroAstro Department, as well as the MIT School of Management. You will also participate in sessions, where you will have the opportunity to engage with guest speakers, the success coach and visiting faculty who are subject matter experts.

Deborah L. Ancona
Deborah L. Ancona

Seley Distinguished Professor of Management at the MIT School of Management

Hamsa Balakrishnan
Hamsa Balakrishnan

William E. Leonhard (1940) Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT

Edward F. Crawley
Edward F. Crawley

Ford Professor of Engineering at MIT

D. Fox Harrell
D. Fox Harrell

Professor of Digital Media and Artificial Intelligence at MIT

John Van Maanen
John Van Maanen

Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management Emeritus Professor, Organization Studies

Bryan R. Moser
Bryan R. Moser

Academic Director and Sr. Lecturer, System Design and Management(SDM). Associate Director, Engineering Systems Lab

Ray Reagans
Ray Reagans

Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Management. Professor, Work and Organization Studies. Associate Deanfor Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Alberto Rodriguez
Alberto Rodriguez

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT; Class of 1957 Career Development Professor

Daniela Rus
Daniela Rus

Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Maria Jesus Saenz
Maria Jesus Saenz

Director, MIT Digital Supply Chain Transformation Lab Executive Director, MIT SCM Master's Program

Sanjay Sarma
Sanjay Sarma

Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT

Julie Shah
Julie Shah

Associate Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT

Lawrence Susskind
Lawrence Susskind

Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT

Note: Faculty list is subject to change.

Success Coaches

ALI O’MALLEY
ALI O’MALLEY

PhD, ACC

Dr. O’Malley has nearly 20 years of experience partnering with senior leaders across industries. Ali specializes in the design and implementation of interventions to help lead...

 LAUREN VALENCIA
LAUREN VALENCIA

Certified ICF coach

The bulk of Lauren’s experience has been in tech with over 27 years in the corporate environment. She led several teams at Verizon in her 22 years of service primarily in Prod...

MELISSA NORCROSS
MELISSA NORCROSS

PhD, MBA

Melissa Norcross is an accomplished strategy executive, having held leadership positions at organizations ranging from Fortune 100 to high growth technology companies. Melissa...

Who Is It For?

The COO Program is ideal for:

  • Newly appointed COOs at mid-to-large organizations who are tasked with implementing new processes and initiatives that optimize current business operations

  • Heads of operations, vice presidents, and other senior executives looking to gain executive leadership skills and advance into C-level positions

Participants are required to have:

  • Minimum 10 years of work experience

  • Fluency in written and spoken English

  • International exposure (preferred)

Past Participant Profile

Top 10 Industries

  • Manufacturing

  • Technology/Telecom

  • Health Care/Health Services

  • Consumer Products/Retail

  • Financial Services

  • IT/Computers

  • Biotechnology/Pharmaceuticals

  • Banking

  • Energy/Utilities

  • Consulting

Top Titles

  • C-Suite Executive

  • Board of Director

  • Co-Founder

  • Senior Director

  • Business Operations Manager

  • Executive Vice President/President

  • Head of Operation

Certificate

Certificate

Upon successful completion of this program, MIT xPRO grants a verified certificate of completion to participants.

FAQs

Connect With a Program Advisor for a 1:1 Session

Our program advisors have helped senior executives across the world choose the right program for their career goals. Schedule a one-on-one to get a deeper understanding on why the COO Program is the right fit for you.

Email: mit_coo@emeritus.org

Phone: +1 646 713 0918 (U.S.) / +44 1156 471388 (U.K.) / +971 80 00321209 (U.A.E.) / +52 55930 20507 (LATAM)

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Flexible payment options available.

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